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South Fork Little Red River (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
On the arrival of the expedition at Des Arc, it burned a large warehouse filled with Confederate stores, which the thoughtless enemy had supposed was safe from the attack of gun-boats. On the second morning, on arriving off the mouth of Little Red River, a narrow and tortuous tributary of the White, the Cricket was sent up that stream in pursuit of two Confederate steamers, while the Lexington went twenty-five miles further up the White to Augusta. At that place Lieutenant-Commander Bache was informed that the indefatigable General Price was assembling an army at Brownsville, and that two kindred spirits, Generals Kirby Smith and Marmaduke, were with him. Lieutenant Bache immediately proceeded up the Little Red River and met the Cricket returning with her two prizes, after having destroyed a pontoon bridge constructed by General Marmaduke. As the two captured steamers were the only ones relied on for transportation in this river, the schemes of the Confederates were thwarted
Harrisonburg, La. (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
ime captured the steamer Elmira, loaded with stores for the Confederate army under General Walker, who on hearing of the arrival of the Federal gun-boats embarked his army and disappeared up some of the tortuous channels known only to pilots. Selfridge started in pursuit and soon overtook two of the transports, but the Confederates immediately abandoned the vessels after setting them on fire, and they were totally destroyed. One steamer loaded with ammunition escaped above the fort at Harrisonburg, a strong work impregnable to wooden gun-boats with light batteries. The expedition could proceed no further in this direction. Lieutenant-Commander Selfridge fortunately learned of a large amount of ammunition that had been sent up from Natchez, whence large quantities of provisions, stores and ammunition were often transported. Natchez took no part in the war beyond making money by supplying the Confederate armies. Selfridge captured at one place fifteen thousand rounds of smoot
Mississippi (United States) (search for this): chapter 30
r. vessels employed at Vicksburg during the siege, with list of officers. vessels employed at other points on the Mississippi River, 1863-65. After the surrender of Vicksburg, there was still much to be done in the vicinity, particularly in driur large steamers in their possession, which before the war had been considered the finest passenger vessels on the Mississippi River. General Herron captured the enemy's rear-guard of two hundred and fifty men and pressed on after the retreating fohe latter stream, at Tensas Lake and Bayou Macon, thirty miles above Vicksburg, and within five or six miles of the Mississippi River. Parties of the enemy's riflemen were in the habit of crossing this narrow strip of land and firing upon transpod Rattler came upon a very large steamer, the finest of those now remaining afloat, which had been the pride of the Mississippi River before the war. This was the Louisville, afterwards converted into a war-vessel carrying fifty guns. Selfridge's
Savannah, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
mong which were three large cotton mills and magazines of corn; they also captured sixty-five prisoners. Meanwhile one hundred and fifty cavalry had landed at Savannah, under cover of the guns of the Covington, intending to operate in that neighborhood and keep open communication between Colonel Conger and the gun-boats. The Forest Rose and Robb covered the landing opposite Hamburg. The force at Savannah had captured some stock and brought it in; but on one occasion, while returning from an expedition, the commanding officer of the party, being pressed by a superior force of the enemy, abandoned his captured stock and barely succeeded in reaching SavaSavannah, where Lieutenant-Commander Phelps found his troops covered by the Covington. Colonel Bissel, the Confederate commander, had invested the town, and given one hour for the removal of the women and children before proceeding to the attack. The answer of the two Union commanders to this summons was, Come and take it. That
Savannah (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
s that they did not often come within range of his guns. One of his first acts was to take on board his vessels one hundred and fifty soldiers from Fort Hindman. under command of Colonel Craig, and visit the landings infested by guerillas. At Savannah, where Lieutenant-Commander Fitch landed two hundred soldiers and sailors, he burned a mill which was used in making cloth to clothe the guerillas; a quantity of horses, mules, and wagons belonging to the Confederate cavalry were also made prizestores on which these marauders relied for subsistence. The Marine Brigade also co-operated with the Army under General Dodge and afforded material assistance in breaking up the command of the Confederate general, Cox, some eighteen miles above Savannah on the Tennessee General Ellet's command was not popular with the Confederate inhabitants, as the former did not trouble themselves much about the amenities of war. They saw so many irregularities committed by the enemy that they retaliated
Belmont, Ma. (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
ng killed and wounded, and steamboats on the river were hailed by deserters from Price's army, asking to be taken on board. No troops were ever worse beaten or more demoralized. Although the Union troops hadstood manfully against the attack of Price's apparently overwhelming force, the slaughter in the enemy's ranks was due to the judgment shown by Lieutenant-Commander Prichett in taking such an admirable position, where he could use his guns effectively. On two previous occasions — at Belmont and at Pittsburg Landing — the Taylor had saved the day to the Union cause, yet we doubt if a vast majority of the American people are aware that such a vessel ever existed, and we deem it only fair to say that the garrison of Helena, although they fought with a courage unsurpassed during the war, owed their victory over an enemy which so greatly outnumbered them entirely to the batteries of the sturdy wooden gun-boat. General Prentiss, like a brave soldier as he was, grows eloquent in his
Vicksburg (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
in the Tennessee River. vessels employed at Vicksburg during the siege, with list of officers. veey patrolled that river. A report reached Vicksburg that General Joseph E. Johnston was fortifyito drive off the Federal squadron from below Vicksburg and thereby cause the siege to be raised — wof the gun-boats, the distance by water from Vicksburg being so great: the route being first to thed to the Tennessee River before reporting at Vicksburg, and help put down the numerous guerilla bany years of prosperity. On his way down to Vicksburg General Ellet heard of some Confederate trooi, intending to unite with other troops near Vicksburg to operate along the river. The Admiral immth of July, the very day of the surrender of Vicksburg. Prichett had hardly got into the positioh of July made so glorious by the capture of Vicksburg and the victory of Gettysburg. On the 9thrules of warfare should have terminated when Vicksburg fell; for the Federal government was daily i[10 more...]
Cincinnati (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
m was then put on, and as the vessel pushed ahead her bow was raised and she was forced forward eight or ten feet; this operation was repeated until the shoal was passed. and this was the way the officers and men on the Ohio had to work to prevent Morgan from reaching Indiana, whose people were wholly unprepared for a movement which, had it succeeded, must have been most disastrous to the State. Morgan's object after devastating Indiana was to march into Ohio with the hope of capturing Cincinnati and plundering it. This, to say nothing of the loss to the citizens of their property, would have been an indelible disgrace to the Federal cause. Morgan pushed his way leisurely along the bank of the Ohio, calculating that he could cross from one side to the other as circumstances might require in order to elude any pursuing force, although he knew of none in the vicinity that he need fear, and he intended that his followers should enjoy themselves among the fleshpots of the North, and
Indiana (Indiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
emy owing to the fire of the gun-boat Lexington. the raid of General John Morgan into Ohio and Indiana, and the capture of his forces owing to the energy of Lieutenant-Commander Le Roy Fitch with hiing partisan leaders of the Confederate Army, and the manner in which the raid was averted from Indiana--the point aimed at by the audacious Morgan —— by three or four so-called tin-clads, armed withd this was the way the officers and men on the Ohio had to work to prevent Morgan from reaching Indiana, whose people were wholly unprepared for a movement which, had it succeeded, must have been most disastrous to the State. Morgan's object after devastating Indiana was to march into Ohio with the hope of capturing Cincinnati and plundering it. This, to say nothing of the loss to the citizennant-Commander Fitch, Morgan's enterprise would doubtless have been disastrous to the people of Indiana and Ohio and disgraceful to the United States Government, which had taken so little pains to gu
Austin (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 30
ound for the contending armies, but her vindictive home-guards brought upon her more misery than can be compensated for by fifty years of prosperity. On his way down to Vicksburg General Ellet heard of some Confederate troops at a place called Austin and dispatched a cavalry force of two hundred men, commanded by Major Holland, in pursuit, followed by infantry. The cavalry encountered the main body of the Confederates, one thousand strong, with two pieces of artillery. Holland found his retthe infantry came up, when the enemy retreated leaving five of their number dead on the field. The Union loss was two killed and nineteen wounded. A wagon train and a quantity of arms were captured, together with three prisoners, and the town of Austin was set on fire and destroyed with a large amount of provisions, thus breaking up a nest of guerillas who were making preparations to commence a system of firing on vessels as they had done on the Tennessee. While the town was on fire numerous
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